Plourde Fans 30 As Softball Sweeps The Bonnies
April 10, 2011
AMHERST, Mass. - Sara Plourde allowed just two hits in 14 innings, including a game-one no-hitter, her third in a row at home, and struck out 30 batters in UMass softball's (16-14, 7-3 A-10) doubleheader sweep of St. Bonaventure (8-13, 5-7 A-10) by scores of 1-0 and 7-1 on Sunday afternoon at the UMass Softball Complex. The junior held the Bonnies without a hit for the first 12 2/3 innings of the day, running her no-hit innings streak at home to 30 1/3 frames before it was snapped with a two out single in the sixth inning of game two. Lindsey Webster and Stephanie Mayne each hit two-run home runs in the second game after Teea Rogers drove in the lone run of game one.
With her 30 strikeouts on the day, Plourde (14-10) ran her career total to 905, becoming just the third pitcher in program history to reach the 900-strikeout mark, joining Danielle Henderson (1,343) and Brandice Balschmiter (1,218) and is the first to reach the plateau prior to her senior season.
Her game one no-hitter, in which she fanned 15 and walked three, was Plourde's third of the season, all at home, eighth solo no-hitter of her career and ninth total. The Bristol, Conn. native struck out another 15 batters in game two, allowing one unearned run on two hits and one walk.
Webster and Mayne each hit two-run home runs down the left field line in the bottom of the fifth inning to open up a 6-0 lead for the Minutewomen in game two. After a one-out double by Kyllie Magill, Webster hit the 2-1 pitch into the netting beyond the left field fence for her team-leading fourth round-tripper of the season. A two-out walk to Audrey Boutin set up Mayne's blast just inside the left field foul pole on a 0-2 pitch for her second homer of the season.
After the Bonnies got a run back on two hits and an error in the top of the sixth, the Minutewomen tacked on another run in the bottom of the inning on a sacrifice fly by Magill that followed back-to-back singles by Rogers and Cyndil Matthew and a passed ball, making it 7-1.
UMass jumped out to a quick 2-0 in game two with a two-out rally in the first inning. Meghan Carta started it with an infield single, followed by a Boutin double to left-center that put runners on second and third for Mayne, who lined the ball to right-center for a two-run single.
Plourde walked to lead off the bottom of the second inning in game one, and after pinch-runner Stephanie Mix stole second and advanced to third on an illegal pitch, Rogers lined one through the left side of the infield to score what would be the game's lone run.
The Minutewomen put runners on base every inning against St. Bonaventure starter Diana Phalon with totals of four hits, three walks, and three Bonnies errors, but left nine runners on.
Mayne was 2-for-3 with a career-high four RBIs, while Rogers was a combine 3-for-6 on the day.
The Minutewomen return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Chestnut Hill, Mass. to take on Boston College in a 4 p.m. non-conference game.
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